Legalising rape

Posted: March 31, 2009 in social issues
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When the world is struggling to give the due rights to women, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai signed a law ‘legalising rape in marriage’. The law prevents women from leaving the house without permission.

The law is believed to state that women can only seek work, education or doctor’s appointments with their husband’s permission. Only fathers and grandfathers are granted custody of children under the law.

PD*27814796Karzai has been accused of electioneering at the expense of women’s rights by signing the law to appeal to crucial Shia swing voters in this year’s presidential poll.

While the Afghan constitution guarantees equal rights for women, it also allows the Shia community, representing 10 per cent of the population, the right to settle family law cases according to Shia law.

The Shiite Personal Status Law contains provisions on marriage, divorce, inheritance, rights of movement and bankruptcy.

The bill passed both houses of the Afghan parliament, but was so contentious that the United Nations and women’s rights campaigners were unable to see a copy of the approved bill.

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